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Hot Cares continues with COVID-19 lockdown assistance

Hot Cares continues with COVID-19 lockdown assistance

During the Covid- 19 lockdown, Hot Cares continues to assist our most vulnerable communities.

Hot Cares was notified that the homeless who visit our weekly soup kitchen have all been temporarily housed at a shelter in Windsor. We were so happy to hear that they were safe and being taken care of. Hot Cares has arranged for food donations and groceries for the shelter which is currently housing 96 people.

As a result of the lockdown, many NPO’s are facing financial challenges due to cancellation of fundraisers, volunteer services and community donations. With this being said, many animal shelters have been affected and we have received requests from a few within our community. Hot Cares has arranged for deliveries to these shelters through Takealot.

Essential items on Takealot can still be ordered and delivered. Should you wish to contribute to animal shelters, Takealot is a viable option to ensure that the shelters can continue their wonderful work and make sure the animals have what they need.

Hot Cares also assisted Shining Stars Wellness and Recovery Centre – An organization that helps those in need with a focus on empowering individuals to develop their skills. Through their programme they assist families, individuals, children and the elderly who are facing difficult times. Hot Cares spoke to Safoora from Shining Stars who was worried about six families they were unable to assist. Hot Cares committed to supply groceries and essentials for these families during the lockdown period.

We continue to assist our frontline essential service workers. The need for personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and sanitizers are rife. Hot Cares is collaborating with local manufacturers to see how we can support these brave men and women with what they need.

Hot Cares continues to help school children receive a daily meal.

Hot Cares continues to help school children receive a daily meal.

Mogau Nursery School is based in an informal settlement in Nooitgedacht, Muldersdrift and is run by Pretty Vilikazi. Over 100 children attend the school, however, many are not able to pay school fees. As with many schools, Pretty has 40 students whose parents cannot afford to feed them daily and they rely on her to continue to provide a meal for them at this time.

Pretty started teaching the children about social distancing and how to measure 1 metre between each other when they line up for food. With this system in place, the children come in groups, are provided their meal for the day and are sent straight home to eat.

Hot Cares was happy to donate a grocery voucher to Pretty, ensuring that these children continue to receive their daily nutrition.

Hot Cares for our elderly communities

Hot Cares for our elderly communities

While the Coronavirus outbreak poses health risks for everyone, officials have made it clear that the elderly are particularly vulnerable. Recently, Hot Cares assisted members of the Diepsloot community with vegetables such as potatoes, onions as well as non-perishable food and goods. Several community members rely on their families to provide for them and we wanted to assist wherever possible. Hot Cares believes it is extremely important to keep these communities as safe as possible during this uncertain time.

Hot Cares also received a desperate plea from Christine, a Hot 91.9 FM listener, for assistance. She requested that Tina, an elderly lady living on her own in Blackheath, be assisted with foodstuffs for the lockdown period. Unfortunately, Tina has no family or income and Christine helps when and where she can. Hot Cares managed to get a grocery voucher to Christine who was able to buy groceries and other necessities for Tina before lockdown. Christine gave us the following feedback, “Thank you to Hot 91.9 FM for the voucher for dear Tina. She was overwhelmed by it all, those groceries will help her very much”.

Hot Cares would like to thank Christine and all the other wonderful people who have gone out of their way to make sure the elderly and people in need are taken care of. Over the past few weeks, we have seen so much solidarity and care for others.

Hot Cares Contributes Towards Protecting EMS During Covid-19

Hot Cares Contributes Towards Protecting EMS During Covid-19

Last week, Hot Cares donated protective gear such as masks, gloves, and sanitizer to the South African Police Service stations within our area. They also received a Dischem voucher for their station commander to purchase medical supplies, vitamins, and immune boosters to keep the teams healthy during this difficult time.
 
Hot Cares has also assisted local fire stations with protective gear and other essential items. These teams are on the frontline and need to decontaminate their clothing every time they have come into contact with someone who is infected with Covid-19.
 
We would like to thank our community services such as the SAPS, firemen, medical and EMS teams for their commitment and dedication in keeping us safe.
Hot Cares – Aunty Gwen

Hot Cares – Aunty Gwen

Natasha wrote into Hot Cares voicing her concerns about her aunty Gwen.

Aunt Gwen who is 74 years old and is living in a flat on her sister’s property living off a SASSA.

She has recently suffered a stroke and is now bedridden and her daughter has been put in a position where she needs to permanently look after her, as she cannot be alone.

To add to the effects of the stroke she is also showing signs of dementia and doesn’t always even recognise her children  which makes this even harder on her daughter.

She doesn’t have medical aid and can’t go to the bathroom unassisted, her daughter has to assist her with these daily tasks we take for granted, as well as wash her and clean her.

They don’t have money for adult diapers or a wheelchair, so she lays in her bed and wets herself, and her daughter spends so much time just cleaning up the mess.

Natasha went on to say that she doesn’t deserve this as she spent her whole life helping everyone else, she was kind, caring and always took time to help others.

Her children cannot afford to financially help her.

The request was for a second-hand wheelchair.

Hot Cares contributed adult diapers to the value of R5,000.00, a wheelchair and have decided to send aunty Gwen to see a doctor for a check-up.

Mama Kasi Rural Rescue

Mama Kasi Rural Rescue

This week’s Hot Cares story is for the animal lovers. Helga Tsoumbris is the owner of Mama Kasi Rural Rescue, and she spends her life in townships taking dogs for sterilizations, vaccinations, parasite control as well as educating community members on importance of good pet care. 

Helga is incredibly passionate about dogs and working in rural settlements. This is her life because of her passion for animals and making a difference to them and those who love and support them. They key to great animal care between pet and owner is information and education and Helga aims to equip people with the knowledge they need to create and sustain loving and supportive relationships between pet and owner.

The dog population in townships has grown substantially as has the need for sterilization and vet care. This particular NPC does not have a shelter, but should Helga find an abandoned dog or a dog that needs to be rehomed she takes them to a vet until a suitable forever family is arranged.

Once dogs are in Helga’s care for sterilization should the vet discover other work that needs to be done this is done at no charge to the owner.

They have a charity shop in Muldersdrift where they sell all previously loved clothing/ household items to afford the necessary vet bills.

Hot Cares have donated R5,000.00 towards deworming, parasite control and sterilization costs.

For more information on Mama Kasi Rural Rescue visit their Facebook page here: Mama Kasi.